LACA Celebrates 70 Years Of World-Class Music

1997 Cliburn Competition Gold Medalist Nakamatsu and his duo partner, clarinetist Jon Manasse will close the LACA season April 17. Courtesy photo

LACA News:

When Van Cliburn International Piano Competition medalist Sean Chen takes the stage in the Smith Auditorium in September, he will join more than 300 soloists and ensembles presented by the Los Alamos Concert Association since its founding in 1946.

Celebrating its 70th Anniversary,  LACA has presented dozens of solo pianists, string quartets, wind and brass ensembles, guitarists, orchestras and vocal ensembles. 

“These are classical musicians who have performed in great concert halls all over the world,”LACA Artistic Director Ann McLaughlin said. “We are very fortunate to have artists of this caliber performing in Los Alamos.”

Sean Chen. Courtesy photo

Sean Chen will join an impressive list of artists from the past 70 years that includes Yo-Yo Ma, Andrés Segovia, Emanuel Ax, Midori, Frederica von Stade, the Juilliard and Guarneri String Quartets, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and many others.

The artists slated to perform in the coming season continue that world-class tradition.

Sean Chen will open the season Sept. 25. He is the first American to medal in the Cliburn Competition since Jon Nakamatsu won gold in 1997. Nakamatsu and his duo partner, clarinetist Jon Manasse will close the season April 17.

Irish Chamber Orchestra. Courtesy photo

The Irish Chamber Orchestra with exciting young Hungarian cello soloist István Várdai will perform concertos by Haydn and C.P.E. Bach Nov. 7.  

Chanticleer. Courtesy photo

Chanticleer, the celebrated men’s chorus, will appear Jan. 24.

The Dover Quartet, an ensemble that music critic James Keller called “string quartet Nirvana” is slated for March 11. 

Two special events will be included in the season. 

Sept. 20, LACA will present a free screening of Virtuosity, a documentary about the 2013 Cliburn competition that launched Sean Chen’s career. 

The Dover Quartet. Courtesy photo

LACA’s annual fundraiser, Dinner with the Artists, takes place Jan. 24 with the gentlemen of Chanticleer as special guests. Catered by Blue Window Bistro in historic Fuller Lodge, the champagne supper offers a special opportunity to spend time with the Grammy winning ensemble.

Concert tickets ordered prior to Sept. 1 are available at substantial discounts. And, continuing a long LACA tradition, free tickets are available to all young people ages 6 through 18. Complete artist, venue and ticket information is available on the web at www.losalamosconcert.org.    

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